With a variety of buyer amenities, new exhibitors and local attractions to enjoy as part of your trip to the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® (IGES), there is a lot to look forward to at the upcoming IGES Show. Taking place November 3-7, 2018, IGES focuses on the souvenir, resort and gift industries with a concentration on the hottest trends in retail across categories that include resort apparel, collectibles, souvenirs, games and toys, licensed items, novelties, name-drop inventory, personalized jewelry and accessories, handcrafted goods, Made in the USA items and much more.

As Jack Steinfeld of ESCO Imports, Inc. explains, IGES is the “best show in the U.S.” and it’s easy to understand why. With a variety of exhibitors that feature name-drop merchandise, the latest trends in souvenirs and long-time favorite vendors such as Squire Boone Village and Calico Cottage & Company, buyers are bound to discover the right inventory for their unique stores.

Beyond great inventory and a variety of vendors to explore, attendees can also look forward to amenities that cater to having fun! Among the great experiences attendees can enjoy while at IGES include the following:

  1. A Party on the Streets of Tennessee

Hosted by the City of Sevierville & IGES, attendees can enjoy an evening at a Fall Harvest Streetfest on November 3rd from 6 to 9pm. This night of fun will include networking and entertaining festivities – as well as complimentary shuttle service from the Sevierville Convention Center and LeConte Convention Center to the event. Taking place at the Sevier County Courthouse, this is a not to miss experience for all IGES attendees. Reserve your spot HERE!


  1. A Country Night Out

Experience authentic Pigeon Forge fun and plan an evening out at Country Tonite, a recently opened Pigeon Forge show that features fun choreography, comedy and costumes with a – you guessed it – country theme.  Expect to hear favorite country classics with hot new country hits as well as enjoy hilarious country comedy in this fast-paced show. The best part? IGES is offering their attendees ½ price tickets through November 3rd! Order yours here and be sure to use promo code CONCERT18 at check-out or call 1-865-4532003 and mention IGES to get your discount.

  1. A Murder Mystery

 After a productive day spent at IGES, enjoy a meal in the midst of mystery at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show. Located in Pigeon Forge, this dinner show is a great co-workers night out or a fun evening on your own! To receive a special IGES discount, reservations must be made through the box office. Simply show your IGES badge to receive a discount then enjoy your evening of mystery, murder and fun!

  1. Mingling & Moonshine

 Join IGES on Monday, November 5th at the Sevierville Convention Center in the main lobby from 3:30 – 5:30 PM over moonshine while mingling! One of the country’s greatest spirits and a popular choice among locals and visitors alike in Tennessee, this social event is the perfect excuse to enjoy local spirits alongside other IGES attendees. With no RSVP required, this a must. Simply show up, mingle and enjoy some moonshine if your desire! Explore more events hosted by IGES during this upcoming show here.

  1. Local Sips

Whether exploring a local winery or indulging in locally distilled spirits, there is a cocktail – or two or three – of choice for you to choose from among a variety of area businesses. The best part? IGES attendees get a 15% discount by showing their badge! Explore the variety of local establishments welcoming IGES attendees with this discount here.  

IGES is a show known for top quality inventory finds in combination with not-to-miss local attractions. Make sure to plan time for both inventory discovery and Tennessee fun at your upcoming trip to IGES! Explore more and register here now!

By Nicole Leinbach Reyhle

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